The offseason is a time for rest, recovery and taking advantage of the time off after a long season. For Kenley Jansen, this offseason is a little more important.
The Los Angeles Dodgers closer announced that he will undergo heart surgery on November 26 (via Ken Gurnick).
The surgery was expected and will correct Jansen’s irregular heartbeat. He underwent a similar procedure in 2012.
Obviously a surgery of this nature goes beyond the baseball field. Jansen acknowledged this several times during the season. In terms of baseball though, Jansen is expected to recover in 2-8 weeks depending on the procedure. Either way, the right-hander will be ready for spring training.
Jansen’s heartbeat issues began on an August trip to Colorado. The altitude has given him problems before. His heart was shocked back into rhythm and Jansen was placed on the DL. The 31-year-old was given medication and returned to the mound, and after a few tough outings, Jansen adjusted his medication and was able to get through the rest of the season without any health issues.
Despite the looming surgery, the former All-Star was giving back this week at Dodger Stadium. He and his wife, Gianni, helped deliver 1,200 turkeys on Friday.
Here’s to a successful surgery for Kenley!